FORMER Victorian state MP Craig Ingram has been appointed the new executive officer for the Amateur Fisherman's Association of the NT (AFANT).
Craig Ingram will be replacing Chris Makepeace who has been the head of the NT's peak rec fishing body since 2005 and will be retiring.
Ingram was one of three Independent MPs who helped oust Jeff Kennett as Victorian Premier in 1999, paving the way for Labor's Steve Bracks to lead a new minority government in the state. He has been involved with the welfare of southern native fish in particular the plight of Snowy River's threatened bass and is highly regarded in rec fishing circles.
Ingram has been working for the past year on the Northern Territory's container deposit legislation.
"I look forward to working with the AFANT board and members in representing the interests of recreational anglers in the Northern Territory," he told Fisho.
"As a passionate and committed recreational angler with a background experience in fisheries management and advocacy, I welcome the opportunity and challenges that come with this role."
Craig Ingram will take up his AFANT position in September.